Summer is coming up quickly and if you are, like many other parents, looking for Jr Lifeguards programs for your kids, there's several options and we thought to get them al together here. Camps range from 8 (or 9) until 14-17 yrs old. They all require a swim test that is more or less the same: swim 100 yard under 2 minutes (some give more time to the campers), thread water for 5 min, and swim underwater for 10 yards and the duration varies from 2 weeks to 5 weeks, half days or full days.
For 2018, we have in South OC:
California State Parks Junior Lifeguard Program
The program consists of day camps, usually lasting three to five weeks, that provide instruction in first aid, CPR, ocean safety, rescue techniques, surfing and bodyboarding. Currently in our area, there's several State Parks doing them: Doheny, San Clemente (at Calafia) and Crystal Cove.
Doheny State Beach: $270 for 2 weeks, full day (9am to 3pm), ages 8-14.
Calafia - San Clemente State Park: $399 for 3 weeks, full day (9am to 3pm) ages 8-14
Crystal Cove State Park: $370 for 4 weeks, half day session with an option to extend the day for $180, ages 7-15.
Orange County Jr Lifeguards:
This one is held at Strands Beach in Dana Point. Ages 8 to 15 with a duration of two weeks ( full day 9am to 3pm ) and two weeks with an option of just one week program. Cost is $350 for the 2 week program. More info: http://www.oclg.org/jg/
California Jr Lifeguards:
This program is a full day 9am-3pm, held at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, for ages 8-17 and have a duration of 3 weeks at $495. More info: http://jrlifeguards.com/
San Clemente City Jr Lifeguards:
Lastly, this is a program for 9-17 year olds, that runs for 3 weeks, for half a day ( morning 9-12pm or afternoon 1-4pm sessions) at $235 for residents, or $260 for non residents of San Clemente. For more info: http://www.san-clemente.org/recreation-community/beaches/beach-safety/junior-lifeguards-